JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s capstone program for personal financial planning and career exploration. This program consists of a curriculum and a simulation, helping students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. This program will allow students to engage with volunteers and practice what they’ve learned by developing a personal budget.
JA Finance Park is recommended for 8th to 12th grades. A minimum of 13 lessons is offered in a traditional classroom presentation format, and a project-based learning (PBL) format is available for high school delivery. Both traditional and PBL formats provide educators with a delivery method that best meets their students' needs. JA Finance Park (Entry Level) culminates in a hands-on budgeting simulation implemented at a JA Finance Park facility, mobile unit, or virtual site.
As part of this program, JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged to use the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at https connect.ja.org. This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book™, and games and apps for student use.
Students will learn how career choices can affect personal income potential. This theme consists of two teacher-led foundation sessions that are 45 minutes in length.
The students will begin planning for their futures by exploring different occupations and secondary education options. This theme consists of one 45-minute teacher-led session.
The students will consider the importance of setting and prioritizing financial goals and the decision-making steps needed to obtain them. This theme consists of one 45-minute teacher-led session.
The students will learn budgeting concepts to improve their understanding of managing their personal finances. This theme consists of one 45-minute teacher-led session.
Young adults under thirty often think they do not need life, health, and disability insurance. Students will discover that purchasing insurance takes careful consideration and consideration. This theme consists of one 45-minute teacher-led session.
The students will explore the advantages of investing in a diversified portfolio as part of a personal financial plan. Students will learn about various investment options and explore reasons for investing, such as retirement. This theme consists of one 45-minute teacher-led session.
The students will participate in the JA Finance Park simulation (at an on-site or mobile facility or virtually). Then students will reflect on the activities they participated in during the simulation and engage in an activity to connect their learnings and takeaways from the simulation to their future career and money management goals.